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Again, I do not have many Indian stamps that shows the country's wealth of flowers. But India do have a lot of flowers and many of them have found place on Indian stamps. Here is a link to an Indian thematic stamp collector's page that shows flowers on Indian stamps. I think Indian authorities have overlooked a main group of flowers that is very common and special in India, namely, the white and fragrant summer flowers such as the various champas, chameli, beli, and the various jasmines. And what about rajnigandha (tube roses)? To me what tulips are to Holland, rajnigandhas (tube roses) are to India. Unfortunately, I don't know about any Indian stamp featuring this beautiful and fragrant white flower called Rajnigandha. Similarly, Hibiscus and Marygold are not seen on Indian stamps though these flowers are very common and used by Indians for all occasions.

I have shown pictures of only two sets of Indian stamps showing flowers. In the first group, there is a picture of lotus which is India's national flower and it is considered as sacred. Lotus (a kind of water lily) can be both white and pink. To me, the most interesting flower is the Kadamba, which is a fuzzy, ball-like flower. I have not seen this flower anywhere outside India. It blooms in India's monsoon season.

The second set of stamps shows all Himalayan flowers They can be seen in the Great Himalayan National Park.

You can click on any stamp image on this page to see an actual photo of the flower and/or to learn more about it.

Lotus
Lotus
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Kadamba
Kadamba
Gloriosa Lily
Gloriosa Lily

Himalayan Flowers:

Blue Poppies
Blue Poppies
Showy Inula
Showy Inula
Cobra Lily
Cobra Lily
Bramha Kamal
Bramha Kamal

Of course, India has roses - lots of varieties of roses. In 2007, India issued a set of fragrant rose stamps. (The stamps themselves are fragrant!) Here is that set of fragrant Indian rose stamps in a miniature sheet featuring four different kinds of roses - Bhim, Delhi Princess, Jawahar and Neelam:

Fragrant rose stamps
Fragrant rose stamps

And here is a definitive Indian stamp issued in 2002 featuring a rose:

A small rose stamp
Rose
(This stamp is not clickable)

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